Mandrakes

Hebrew dudaim; i.e., “love-plants”, occurs only in Gen. 30:14-16″ and Cant. 7:13. Many interpretations have been given of this “word dudaim. It has been rendered “violets,” “Lilies,” “jasmines, “truffles or mushrooms,” “flowers,” the “citron,” etc. The weight of authority is in favour of its being regarded “as the Mandragora officinalis of botanists, “a near relative of” “the night-shades, the `apple of Sodom’ and the potato plant.” It” possesses stimulating and narcotic properties (Gen. 30:14-16). “The fruit of this plant resembles the potato-apple in size, and” “is of a pale orange colour. It has been called the “love-apple.” “The Arabs call it “Satan’s apple.” It still grows near” “Jerusalem, and in other parts of Palestine.”

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